SHOWS HOW DEPENDENCY GROWS & YET HOW NECESSARY SELF-RELIANCE IS TO ALL SUCCESSFUL ENDEAVOR & HAPPINESS. ANALYZES THE STEPS IN DEVELOPING SELF-RELIANCE-ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY, BE INFORMED, KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING, MAKE YOUR OWN DECISIONS.
The steps to self-reliance takes time and hard work, and these steps: (1) Assume responsibility, (2) Be informed, (3) Know where you're going, and (4) Make your own decisions. Allen frequently checks a card with these steps typed on it to help himself develop self-reliance and his father presents him with Self Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Allen learned to develop the habit of self-reliance and became a happier person.
Close-up of an infant in a high chair, mother feeding him with a small spoon
Baby in a play pen
Mother putting a snow suit on "Junior", brushing his hair, straightening his clothing
Teen-age boy struggling with school work at school desk
Close-up of a pencil tapping on a book with emphasis
Pupil and teacher standing in front of a map of the world
teenager in chemistry classroom, standing with a pencil behind his ear in front of a chalkboard with drawing of a human head for explanations of vision
Young man putting on a tie in a round mirror
A group of high school students arguing.
Ken Smith notes: Only a year after starring in Dating Dos and Don'ts, waddly Woody appeared in this feature, along with his same on-screen mom and dad. In this film, Woody is again "Alan" -- a young man who lacks self-reliance. The narrator explains that some people like "being dependent," but that those who do "never do any more than just 'get by'." Alan understands this, and after being chided by his dad ("Haven't you read Emerson's Essay On Self-Reliance?") Alan develops leadership qualities and becomes "a happier and better person." Dumpy Woody is a great screen presence even in a dull film. The angry boss is played by the philosophical janitor from Act Your Age.
TEENAGERS TEACHERS Safety Danger Lurks
Subject: This Would Be Chinesespeak Today
Someone's mother, in 1950, knows about "Self Reliance" by Ralph Waldo Emerson? Not in my 1950 world. It was "Movie Mirror" and "Tattler" - and those were the literate ones.
Alan still has the big fat dad that looks like Jackie Gleason's Bowery twin.
Hated Ralph Waldo and wasn't too impressed with this film. Too sober a topic and a little lean on good ol camp.
Subject: Well done
Many points are still good today.
Subject: Emerson in Four Easy Steps
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ***. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ***.
Subject: Oh MAN! The return of ALAN WOODRUFF!!!